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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Advanced submarines to join Iran Navy

The Ghadir class submarine is capable of remaining hidden even from advanced radars.

"Two light submarines of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Navy will be operationalized on November 28, i.e. the Navy Day," Commander of the Iranian Army's Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told reporters here in Tehran today.

Iran has been pushing an arms development program in recent years in a bid to reach self-sufficiency.

Iran announced in June that a home-made submarine, named Ghadir 948, had joined the naval brigade of the first naval zone.

In November, Iran announced that its first domestically built Ghadir class submarine launched operation.

The Iranian military said that the submarine can easily evade detection as it is equipped with sonar-evading technology and can fire missiles and torpedoes simultaneously.

Sayyari said in November that Ghadir-class submarines are the second Iranian-built underwater craft outfitted with state-of-the-art electronic equipment.

Displacement (Submerged)
120 tons
29 m
2.75 m
Speed (Surfaced)
11 knots
Speed (Submerged)
8 knots
2 533mm torpedo tubes (also capable of launching mines)